Show and Tell

Hermine Freed

1974 | 00:08:27 | United States | English | B&W | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: City, Conceptual Art, Media Analysis, Video History

"There are three scenes in this work, all reflecting a changing sense of time. Each has a voiceover soundtrack with a similar structure, but with different information. Some of the comments presume that the viewer is privy to information which is never given..."

Freed's voiceover provides a stream of information about the images, their source, and the method of presentation she is employing. She compares her own apartment to that of her brother; the neighbourhood she used to live in (Greenwich Village) to where she lives now (Soho); and two movies and the role of the female actresses starring in them. What is disquieting is the fact that her analysis is resolutely similar in each case—a combination of exegesis and confession, with Freed providing information about the images along with her personal misgivings about the process of videotaping. In this way, Freed establishes a dichotomous voice on the tape, an insecure "authority" that reveals the artist's uncertain attitude toward creation.

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